PM prioritises tourism

Growing the Solomon Island’s tourism industry is set to be a high priority for the country’s new prime minister. Manassah Sogavare says that for too long, previous governments have focussed on unsustainable income earners such as logging and mining. He says they’ve overlooked the potential of the tourism sector and is promising his government will…

AOG engages in prison ministry

ABOUT 31 pastors and church workers have engaged in a prison ministry training at Assembly of God’s (AOG) Christian Life Centre in Honiara, yesterday. Constatino Lupancu and Reverend Pavel Sav of Blessed Hope International Misison in Chigaco, United States of America have conducted the one-day training. Their visit to Solomon Islands was made possible through…

Youth gathering for United Church ends

A week-long gathering for United Church youths successfully ended at Kokeqolo in Munda, Western Province on Sunday. This annual event was held purposely for youths to get involve in religious activities, aimed at strengthening spiritual life in the society. Rev. Willie Maezama of the United Church Honiara circuit said, the program enabled youths to come…

DCC ready to work

The Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government has now fulfilled its obligation to announce its Cabinet Ministers since they took power last week. On Monday 21 Members of Parliament (MP) took their oath and were sworn-in as Cabinet Ministers before Governor General Sir Frank Kabui at the Government House. Their swearing-in will enable the DCC…

Ete appointed DPM

MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for East Honiara, Douglas Ete is the new Deputy Prime Minister (DPM). Ete who is also the Minister for Home Affairs took his oath before Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui and other 20 Cabinet Ministers at Government House yesterday. Political commentators described his appointment as a move to give Member of…

Ashley given top political job

Lawyer Charles Ashley has been appointed special secretary to the Prime Minister, the Sunday Star can reveal. He was one of four political appointees the new Manasseh Sogavare government has made so far. The appointments are yet to be formally announced but well-placed government insiders revealed four appointees have so far been made. Ashley is…

Dispute forces logger out

Dispute between landowning parties at Koaá, West Kwaio, led to the closure of a logging operation and the sudden departure of the logging company. Right Trade Solomon Islands Limited (RTSIL) last week packed and shipped its machines, as well as local and foreign labourers to Honiara. Landowning parties, Rade and Arakwao, as well as other…

PPI Act will be reviewed: Sogavare

THE Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government will review the Political Party Integrity (PPI). When the Solomon Star asked about the seriousness DCC has in ensuring political stability during a talk back show on Sunday, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare admitted the failure of the Act to address political stability and pledge DCC’s commitment to review…